Ears gather sounds. Learn more about its parts, how it functions, related conditions and tips to care about them.
Objects in the ear
It is most likely children who will poke something into their ear. This can cause pain, swelling or even deafness. Get advice here about how to look after yourself should you have an object in your ear.
Ear wax (cerumen) is produced by tiny glands in the ear canal and helps keep the ears clean. The wax is not harmful, but if it builds up, it can cause problems.
Fluid from the ear
Fluid coming from your ear is usually just ear wax, but sometimes it can be a sign of illness or injury. Read more here about its causes and treatments.
Labyrinthitis is an inflammation of the balancing centre in your inner ear. Here’s how it may come about, symptoms to look out for and treatment options.
Ear conditions may be caused by problems in the ear, the neck, sinuses or head. Babies and children are more vulnerable to ear infection. Learn more here.
Glue ear is a condition where the liquid inside your middle ear gets trapped and becomes thick. Learn more about its causes, symptoms and treatment.
Swimmer's ear (otitis externa)
Swimmer's ear is an inflammation or infection of the outer ear canal. There are several things you can do to prevent it.
Ear infections are common and children are most often affected by this condition. Ear infections usually go away on their own within a week or two, but sometimes need treatment with antibiotics.
Otitis media (middle ear infection)
Otitis media (middle ear infection) is very common in children and often disappears by itself. However, it sometimes needs treatment and can also affect adults.